So what are we to make of Denver’s nascent scheme to host the Winter Olympics in 2030? Using the simplest and least complicated lens available, let’s ask ourselves one question: Is it good for Colorado Springs? On the plus side, businesses in the Pikes Peak region would get a hefty...
How can we solve our affordable-housing problem? The current crisis has been brewing for many years, and has intensified as the city has become a real estate boomtown, with escalating prices and low vacancies. Result: couch surfers, car sleepers, creekside campers and chronically homeless individuals. Many of us live...
Bad ideas, like backyard skunks, have a way of reappearing when you least expect them. I assume that such reverse serendipity accounts for a draft recommendation from the Colorado Springs Utilities Policy Advisory Committee that according to a Colorado Springs Independent story by Pam Zubeck “calls for removing barriers...
In January 2016, the CSBJ reported highly fluorinated toxic industrial chemicals called PFCs contaminated drinking water provided to more than 80,000 residents of Fountain, Security and Widefield. First synthesized in the 1950s by 3M, these perfluorinated substances have been used by manufacturers worldwide in products that include firefighting foam, nonstick...
Remember this song from the great Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! that made its debut on Broadway in 1943? “Everything’s up-to-date in Kansas City They gone about as fer as they can go...” That’s not Colorado Springs! We’re lunging into the future, laying the foundation stones for a vast new city that...
“Take away the mountains and the sun, and Colorado Springs looks like Cleveland,” said arts maven Bernard Ewell back in the early 1980s. It was a dull, dispiriting time — suburban development had sucked the life out of downtown, Manitou Springs and the Westside had yet to gentrify and...
So Denver made it to the final 20 in the Amazon search for a second headquarters! That’s a big deal since there were 238 applicants for HQ2, a project that may bring billions of investment dollars and 50,000 well-paid jobs to the lucky winner. But let’s not get too far...
Preserve and cherish the past, or move forward to a bright and promising future? That community debate has taken many forms, most recently over Perry Sanders’ proposal to repurpose Antlers Park as the site of the sports and events center that was a key element of the 2013 City...
Are city elected officials being outmaneuvered, outsmarted and scammed by Nor’wood Development Group as the extensively reworked Banning Lewis Ranch annexation agreement moves briskly along to almost certain council approval? I don’t think so, and I’ve been involved with this issue for 30 years. In writing this column, I’ve...
So what do we have to look forward to this year? I’ve learned not to predict what our antic president will do, and whether his actions will harm or benefit the Republic. I do know from long experience that in Colorado Springs we are the masters and mistresses of...
How do we define 2017? The year of the tweets that President Donald Trump, like a skilled magician, used to keep himself front and center and divert the “fake news” media’s attention? The year of the Silence Breakers? The year that Vladimir Putin and Trump started the Bro Presidents’...
Well, that was quick, wasn’t it? Blue frame, we hardly knew ye — but, like Argentina, we won’t cry for you. According to Colorado Springs City Communications Director Jamie Fabos, we haven’t seen the last of the big blue rectangle, a marketing ploy erected in the Garden of the...